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Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University
The Man Who Knew Infinity

A Global Search for Undiscovered Mathematical Talent

Atlanta, Georgia - June 15, 2017 (updated)

The inaugural Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative has rewarded eight mathematicians. The search has discovered undiscovered talent and has matched the winners with advancement opportunities.

The Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative is presented by Ken Ono, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University; Expii, the open, personalized learning platform; and the Templeton World Charity Foundation, in conjunction with IFC Films and Pressman Film, producers of the motion picture The Man Who Knew Infinity.

The Inaugural Winners
  • Bishoy Adel (Egypt)
  • Kendall Clark (Maryland, USA)
  • Dean Cureton (Georgia, USA)
  • Sanath Devalapurkar (India)
  • Martin Irungu (Kenya)
  • Ishwar Karthik (Qatar)
  • Catherine Yeo (California, USA)
  • Weitao Zhu (China)

Note. This list of winners may grow over the next few weeks.

The creators of the Spirit of Ramanujan Math Talent Initiative were inspired by the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a gifted mathematician and the subject of the The Man Who Knew Infinity. In 1913, Ramanujan, a poor Hindu college dropout who was self-taught in mathematics, reached out to renowned British mathematician G.H. Hardy in his search for mathematical peers and colleagues. Hardy was so astonished by Ramanujan's mathematical theories that he invited Ramanujan to Cambridge to study and collaborate. From the start, Ramanujan was fighting against the odds because of his poverty, his location, and the inflexibility of formal schooling. Yet with his brilliant mind, his dreams, and the support of the mathematical community, he defied those odds and went on to change the future of mathematics. Together with Hardy, Ramanujan innovated vast tracts of mathematics before returning to India in fragile health. Tragically, he died at 32, leaving three enigmatic notebooks that drive cutting-edge research to this day.

About The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity (directed by Matthew Brown and starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel) was advised by Ken Ono, a Guggenheim Fellow and cofounder of the Spirit of Ramanujan, and by Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava. The film offers an in-depth view of one of the human stories behind the mathematical achievements that we take for granted in our everyday lives. For more information on the movie, visit

Spirit of Ramanujan Global Initiative Announcement